HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – In the midst of the Knicks’ current malaise, any and everyone with an opinion and an outlet has weighed in on what is wrong with this team.
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni had a simple explanation for their surprising offensive woes, telling Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times:
“The ball is not moving, it’s sticking. We’ve played a lot of games. I don’t want to give excuses, but at the same time it’s the fourth game in five nights. They get into you … We’ve got to make quicker decisions. The ball’s got to go. And especially in the fourth quarter we bogged down.”
They better not get bogged down again with the Orlando Magic in town tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) for yet another major test of the Knicks’ mettle.
We haven’t decided to write the Knicks off just yet. We also didn’t have these super-sized expectations for the Knicks after that blockbuster Carmelo Anthony/Chauncey Billups trade either, so that might have something to do with our patience with D’Antoni’s Knicks.
Knicks boss Donnie Walsh should stop apologizing as well. He’d have been nuts to pass up the opportunity to get his hands on Anthony sooner rather than later, if at all.
Granted, a .500 team (35-35) at this stage of the game isn’t exactly anything to get excited about. But this isn’t just about here and right now for the Knicks. Adding Anthony to their mix was about the future, a future that involves both he and Amar’e Stoudemire leading a hoops revival in New York that will go on for at least the next five to six seasons.
These humble beginnings will actually be a good thing in the long run. Most people don’t see it now, but trust us, sometimes it’s good to get the stumbles out of the way now. Getting smashed up by the Celtics on Monday, stitches and all, will provide the Knicks with some lessons they might not had learned otherwise.
Anthony, despite being battered and bruised, including stitches above one eye, is staying the course … as Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports:
“I have faith, I believe that something will turn around quickly,” Anthony said Tuesday. “We have a little bit under a month to get this thing right to get ready for the playoffs. And right now, we’re just figuring it out on the go.
“As long as we figure it out by the time the playoffs come, I’m not really too concerned about what’s going on right now and how it’s going on. Losing games can be a little bit frustrating at times, but that happens, especially when you’re trying to get things right and you’re trying to get things on the same page.”